June Newsletter

Hello Fellow Guild Members,

Summer has finally arrived!  At this month guild meeting we are having the No Sweat Spring Cleaning Swap.  Bring your scraps or unwanted fat quarters and get something new!  All the details are below and I hope to see you on June 20th at 7pm.  Also, this month we are having a survey at the Guild meeting, so please try to come a little early so you can complete the survey.

If you have any events you would like to include in the next newsletter, please forward that information to wamquiltguild@yahoo.com.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kerrie  

June Meeting

Although there is no swapping or sew-in planned for this month, we do have some interesting things going on!  The next meeting will be on May 16th at Fabricate Studios starting at 7pm.

Your Favorite Notion

We did this last month and everyone was not able to share so, bring your favorite notion to guild this month and share your knowledge on the usefulness of it!  My favorite notion is my seam ripper!  Mine is not special just useful!

No Sweat Spring Cleaning Swap

Have you ever gone through your stash and said, “I will never figure out how to use this.” or ” What was I thinking!”  Well this swap is for you!  It is time for Spring Clean up ladies!   Someone’s trash will be another’ person’s treasures!  Here are the rules:

  • You have two options you can bring unwanted fat quarters or scraps
  • If you bring fat quarters remember what ever you bring is what you will get back.  For example, if you bring one fat quarter you get one fat quarter back.
  • If you bring scraps bring a gallon ziplock bag full.  All scraps are welcomed.
  • You have the option to bring either fat quarters or scraps or both!  It up to you!

This swap will be held at the June 20th Guild meeting.  Allegory is our Swap Coordinator and has created this easy and fun swap.  If you have any questions please email me atwamquiltguild@yahoo.com

Name Tag

Don’t forget to create a name tag as we are still getting to “know” each other!   Name tag must be stitched up!

Art Spark Quilt Challenge

The Northwest Ohio Modern Quilt Guild has challenged us to participate in the Art Spark Quilt Challenge.

The Challenge: Visit your local art museum and find a piece of art that inspires you.  Any piece!  A sculpture, a piece of glass, an oil painting, anything!  Classic, baroque, modern, contemporary- your choice!

Rules:

  • Must be quilted and consist of 3 layers
  • No embellishments
  • Minimum perimeter of 48 inches (any shape)
  • Grab a picture of your inspiration.  Please not museum, artist, medium and title of piece.

Prizes:  Winners will be picked randomly from the Flickr pools.  Enter as many pictures as you would like but only picture/quilt per person is eligible to win.  Prized will be provided by sponsors.

Deadline:

-By July 1st, 11:59 PM EST upload a photo to the Flickr Art Spark WIP group
-By August 1st, 11:59 PM EST upload a photo to the Flickr Art Spark Finished Projects group.

This swap will be held at the June 20th Guild meeting.  Allegory is our Swap Coordinator and has created this easy and fun swap.  If you have any questions please email me atwamquiltguild@yahoo.com

Georgia Celebrates Quilts  

This is something to be excited about!  This quilt show is the largest judges and juried quilt show in Georgia and is hosted by East Cobb Quilters Guild.  You can visit their site to learn more about the event.  The show will be on June 14- 16 at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060) The show times are; Friday 10 am to 6pm, Saturda) 10 am to 6pm and Sunday 10 am to 5pm.

If you would like to join a group of us going, email me!

Guild Library

As of yet, no books have not been donated to the library.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us about book donations.  If you are unable to complete the form just bring the books!   We are excited to provide an opportunity for us to share the wealth of information.

Our library will be ran by Ms. Kay and as you walk in for our next meeting you can give your donated books either to her of myself.

  • To donate a Book:  Please complete the Book Catalog Form.  All fields are important, include the cost of book (in case it needs to be replaced).
  • To Request a Book:  Starting April 1st you will be able to view our catalog and request to borrow a book by completing the Book Request form.
  • The Process:  Once your request is received, a email will be sent to verify if the book is available or if you name will be on the waiting list.
  • Check In/Check Out:  Books will be checked in at the beginning of guild meeting and checked out at the end of the guild meeting.  You will have use of the book until the next meeting, when it will need to be returned.   If you would like to keep the book an additional month you will need to fill out another book Request form.  You will be able to keep the book unless someone else is waiting for it.
  • Items to Donate: Although I have mainly talked about books, we are will be accepting patterns, videos, magazines or any type of sewing information you are willing to share with the guild.
  • Purchase Request:  If you would like for the guild to purchase a particular item, please forward that request to watlmqglibrary@yahoo.com
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Quilts for Boston

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Good Morning Friends,

Here are some more details concerning the Quilts for Boston quilt blocks.  For the blocks to be accepted the blocks need to be like the following:

1) Use at two of these colors – blue, yellow, gray and white. Prints and solids are welcome.

2) Blocks should be 12.5 tall – width can be any size.

3) Blocks should be machine piece only.

4) Blocks should use quality quilting fabrics (100% cotton fabrics)

5) Blocks should use light gray thread.

6) Blocks will be due at the next guild meeting on May 16th and turned into Amiee Anderson.

Please contact me if you have any questions!  We hope everyone will be able to participate in this great effort through our sister guild. the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.

Kerrie

May Newsletter

Hello Fellow Guild Members,It’s a new month and this month we have so much to look forward to.  Let me first start by apologizing for the late newsletter.   I had a family emergency and had to go out of town right around the first.   Since getting back, I was under the weather.  Please accept my apologies!If you have any events you would like to include in the next newsletter, please forward that information to wamquiltguild@yahoo.com.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.Kerrie

May Meeting

Although there is no swapping or sew-in planned for this month, we do have some interesting things going on!  The next meeting will be on May 16th at Fabricate Studios starting at 7pm.

Your Favorite Notion

Bring your favorite notion to guild this month and share your knowledge on the usefulness of it!  My favorite notion is my seam ripper!  Mine is not special just useful!

Quilts for Boston

Amiee Anderson has made a request that we bring a block to the May guild meeting to donate to the victims of the Boston Bombing, which happened in April.  The Modern Quilt Guild of Boston will use our blocks to create a quilt for the victims.  If you are able to donate, please give your block to Amiee Anderson at the next meeting.

$10 for 10

This is more than a penny for you thoughts!  If you were at last months meeting you know that Amiee Anderson gave us a greater insight for Hand Applique.  What are you an expert on?  If you are willing to share your expertise contact me atwamquiltguild@yahoo.com.  Come get your ten mintues of fame for $10!

The decision has been made.  The Modern Quilt Guild is still evolving, so we are not as yet ready to submit our membership.  The good news is that we have until December 2014 to join the “Mothership.” Until then the guild will have the benefits of being MQG website.  We are currently listed as the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild so other modern quilters are able to locate us and our meetings.Georgia Celebrates Quilts  This is something to be excited about!  This quilt show is the largest judges and juried quilt show in Georgia and is hosted by East Cobb Quilters Guild.  You can visit their site to learn more about the event.  The show will be on June 14- 16 at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060) The show times are; Friday 10 am to 6pm, Saturda) 10 am to 6pm and Sunday 10 am to 5pm.
The decision has been made.  The Modern Quilt Guild is still evolving, so we are not as yet ready to submit our membership.  The good news is that we have until December 2014 to join the “Mothership.” Until then the guild will have the benefits of being MQG website.  We are currently listed as the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild so other modern quilters are able to locate us and our meetings.
The Decision has been made!  We will be sewing for Atlanta Children’s Shelter, which I think is a worthy cause.  There is one problem, it was a split decision concerning when we would sew for our Charity.
More information concering charity sewing will be further discussed at the next meeting.  Think about what you want!  There will be a survey at the door to make this decision.

Guild Library

As discussed at the last meeting, the guild has created a Library!  isn’t that exciting news.  Our library will be ran by Ms. Kay and as you walk in for our next meeting you can give your donated books either to her of myself.

  • To donate a Book:  Please complete the Book Catalog Form.  All fields are important, include the cost of book (in case it needs to be replaced).
  • To Request a Book:  Starting April 1st you will be able to view our catalog and request to borrow a book by completing the Book Request form.
  • The Process:  Once your request is received, a email will be sent to verify if the book is available or if you name will be on the waiting list.
  • Check In/Check Out:  Books will be checked in at the beginning of guild meeting and checked out at the end of the guild meeting.  You will have use of the book until the next meeting, when it will need to be returned.   If you would like to keep the book an additional month you will need to fill out another book Request form.  You will be able to keep the book unless someone else is waiting for it.
  • Items to Donate: Although I have mainly talked about books, we are will be accepting patterns, videos, magazines or any type of sewing information you are willing to share with the guild.
  • Purchase Request:  If you would like for the guild to purchase a particular item, please forward that request to watlmqglibrary@yahoo.com

No Sweat Spring Cleaning Swap

Have you ever gone through your stash and said, “I will never figure out how to use this.” or ” What was I thinking!”  Well this swap is for you!  It is time for Spring Clean up ladies!   Someone’s trash will be another’ person’s treasures!  Here are the rules:

  • You have two options you can bring unwanted fat quarters or scraps
  • If you bring fat quarters remember what ever you bring is what you will get back.  For example, if you bring one fat quarter you get one fat quarter back.
  • If you bring scraps bring a gallon ziplock bag full.  All scraps are welcomed.
  • You have the option to bring either fat quarters or scraps or both!  It up to you!

This swap will be held at the June 20th Guild meeting.  Allegory is our Swap Coordinator and has created this easy and fun swap.  If you have any questions please email me atwamquiltguild@yahoo.com

Charity Survey

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Hello Guild Members,

At the end of this post is a button that will take you to the Charity Survey.  Our Charity Committee has complied detailed information about each charity so please read each description prior to completing the survey.  Please complete the survey before our next meeting on April 18th.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

Kerrie Porter

Charity Choices

1.)  My Sister’s House
Atlanta Mission Women’s and Children’s services are provided at My Sister’s House, a 264 bed facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children.  Loving people back to the life God designed for them to live starts with providing a safe, secure environment where a woman and her children’s basic needs are met.  My Sister’s House also provides counselors, referrals to job training programs, and help in finding housing, medical and legal resources.  For hurting mothers, My Sister’s House has a fully developed childcare facility staffed with a behavioral specialist and social workers.

2.)  Atlanta Children’s Shelter
Founded in 1986 by the Junior League of Atlanta and located in the North Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter provides free, quality day care, emotional support, an educational curriculum for homeless children, and focused social services for their families.  Dedicated to helping families overcome the issues that contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence and job loss, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter focuses on the long term self sufficiency of the family – which sets us apart from other Atlanta homeless shelters.  Since 1986, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter has care for almost 8,000 children and provided services for more than 5,000 families.

3.)  Stand Up for Kids
The mission of StandUp For Kids is to help homeless and street kids.  This mission is carried out by a national volunteer force whose on-the-streets outreach efforts find, stabilize and assist homeless and street kids in their efforts to improve their lives.  The organization’s mission is furthered through deterrence and resource programs provided in schools and via the internet.  All facets of this mission are guided by the mandate that our volunteers tell kids they care about them and then, at every turn, prove it.

4.)  Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children
The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Incorporated is an ecumenical ministry whose mission is to ease the burden of homelessness for women and children, and assist in establishing self-sufficiency by providing comprehensive education and supportive services in a manner that respects human dignity.

5.)  Shepherd Center
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury.  Shepherd Center is a 152-bed facility.  Last year Shepherd had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs.  In addition, Shepherd sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis.

6.) The Garden
The Garden also serves as a home for women and children 7 nights a week.  Currently they house 65 women and 35 children that come from all walks of life but are all in need of Spiritual Recovery.  They intend to disciple the women and children who and pour the love of Jesus on they as the Lord ministers to their hearts.  They also have Bible study three times a day every day of the week in order to further promote understanding of the Gospel.  The Garden is open to the public and welcomes volunteers to help drive, cook, serve meals and teach.  The Garden believes through faith for God to pay the bills every month and provides the food needed to serve.  The Garden welcomes donations such as food, prepared lunches, blankets, hygiene kits, clothing or other items.

7.) The Good Samaritan Health Center  
The Center offers a comprehensive range of services to adults and children who are without health insurance or the means to afford care.  Atlanta’s homeless and those with no income make up about 24% of patient visits, the working poor 69%, and those who are Medicaid/Medicare eligible compose 7% of our visits.  Patients pay on a much reduced sliding fee scale based on income.  The Center’s vision is to create a dependable, full-time, comprehensive healthcare home for Atlanta’s working poor and homeless.  The Center offers medical, dental, health education, and mental health services to patients.  Most importantly, the Center provides a comfortable environment for our patients, where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Services are provided regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.

Click Here for Survey

April Newsletter

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Hello Fellow Quilters:

The March meeting was an success and a lot of possibilities was discussed.  Here are the details:

  1. Swaps will be every other month and they will be announced two months in advance.  Don’t forget to bring your pin cushion to the next meeting.
  2. The possibility of a Quilt Bee were discussed, such as the “Selfish Bee” or the “Celebration Bee.”   This topic will be revisited in the next meeting.
  3. The Charity Committee also presented a number of ideas that will be further explained in a survey.  Look out for that survey in your email inbox.
  4. The Guild will be collecting books for a library.  Kay Stephenson has volunteered to organize this effort.  If you spoke to her during the meeting about helping her with this effort, please leave a comment to this blog post.
  5. The date was set for our Sew into Spring Sew-In.  This Sew-In will be located at Fabricate Studios on April 13th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  A schedule will be sent a week prior to the event along with a lunch order form.
  6. Our President has asked each of us to create a fabric name tag.  You should check out our Pinterest board for free tutorials and inspiration.

Upcoming Events Around Town

1.) Salvage: A modern Vintage Marketplace, features swag bags for the first 100 attendees, vintage finds, food and fun!

Date: April 13, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 cash at the door
Location: Ambient Plus Studio
585 Wells St. SW – Atlanta, Georgia 30312

2.) Stitches South Knitting Expo April 12-24.   As we are not a knitting guild, this crafty event is skill a need to know event for us!  For more information go to the Stitches South Knitting Expo website.

3.)  Festival on Ponce Spring Festival  The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta Arts and Crafts festival set in the historic part, Olmsted Linear Park and starts on April 13.  This is an free event.  For more information about this event go to www.festivalonponce.com

4.) The Dogwood Festival will be held on April 19-21 and is a free event.  More information can be found athttp://www.dogwood.org

5.)  The Inman Park Festival will be held on April 26-28 and is a free event.  More information can be found at www.inmanparkfestival.org

Things to do before the Next Meeting 

  • Complete your membership registration, you can do that here.
  • Register for the guild’s newsletter.
  • Bring something amazing for Show & Tell.
  • Bring a pin cushion, made by you for the Pin Cushion Swap.

March Newsletter

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful day.  Just as a reminder, March 21st is the date for our next meeting.  The meeting location is Fabricate Studios, 1746-B Defoors Ave NW, Atlanta, GA.  The meeting will start promptly at 7pm.  Bring with you items for Show & Tell and your fabric for the swap.  Parking is provided directly in front of Fabricate Studios and behind or the on the adjacent street.  Snacks will not be provided but if you would like to bring something sweet for yourself you are welcome to!

Things to do before the next meeting:

  1. Complete your membership registration, you can do that here.
  2. Pay your yearly guild dues.  For your convenience you can complete the payment online through PayPal or in person at the next meeting.
  3. Register for the guild’s newsletter.
  4. Prepare yourself for the Lucky Rainbow Charm Swap.  Charms will be collected when you sign in to the meeting and dispersed the same night.
  5. Bring something captial A- Amazing for Show & Tell!
  6. Visit the Guild’s blog page and subscribe.
  7. Follow us on Twitter.
  8. Like us on Facebook.
  9. Submit your sewing/quilting blog or business URL to wamquiltguild@yahoo.com.
  10. Submit upcoming sewing/quilting events to wamquiltguild@yahoo.com

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March Events

1.) Lucky Rainbow Charm Swap

Rainbows do make dreams come true!  I am so excited we are having this swap, so here all the details.  On March 21st come with two yards worth of 5 inch squares.  You will come in with one stack of one color and leave with a rainbow!  How cool is that?

If you are unsure the best way to cut charm squares check out this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman.

Color Assignments:

**This has changed since last our last meeting so please pay close attention. 

If you last name ends in:

  • A through E:  Reds (from Burgendy to the Hottest Pink)
  • F through J:  Yellows (from Sunshine Yellow to Tangerine Orange)
  • K through O:  Blues (from Turquoise to Deep Sea Blue)
  • P through T:  Greens (from Spring Green to Emerald)
  • U though Z:  Purples (from Lilac to Royal Purple)

2.) Spring Time Pin Cushion Swap

In April, we will be swapping pin cushions.  For the love of spring, try to incorporate bright colors into your pin cushion.  Bright colors may cheer up your fellow guild member as they reach for the seam ripper. ;0)  Also, check out the Guild Pinterest board for pin cushion inspiration.

3.) Sew Into Spring Sew In

This event is still in the pre-planning stages.  It is our hope to secure a location and time for this event.  All details will be discussed in the next meeting.

**If there is an event you think will interest us, such as expos, upcoming classes, fabric store sales or anything fun or free.  Please send all event details towamquiltguild@yahoo.com.  We want to be in the know and give everyone an opportunity to join in on the fun!

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Well, I am glad you asked!  March 16th has been declared by the National Quilting Association as National Quilt day.  Go on and get your free pattern as a bonus for loving everything about quilting!

Whipstich Fabrics Final Farewell

Our fellow guild member Deborah Moebes has decided to close the wonderful doors of Whipstitch Fabrics.  Join her is saying farewell on March 22nd at 7pm.

As always, feel free to contact me at wamquiltguild@yahoo.com if you have any questions!  Hope to see you on Thursday.

Kerrie

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Hello Fellow Guild Members!

This morning I sent out our first newsletter!  For me this is exciting news.  I am so happy we have included this format as a way to keep you informed!  If you did not receive your newsletter in your inbox you are not subscribed.  Subscribe to our newsletter today!

Otherwise,  I hope you are enjoying your weekend and hope to see you at our next meeting!

Kerrie